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Bloodtaking and Peacemaking : Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland - 90 edition

Bloodtaking and Peacemaking : Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland (ISBN10: 0226526801; ISBN13: 9780226526805)
ISBN13: 978-0226526805
ISBN10: 0226526801

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ISBN13: 978-0226526799
ISBN10: 0226526798

Summary: Dubbed by theNew York Timesas ''one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county,'' William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers.Bloodtaking and Peacemakingdelves beneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse world to discover a complex interplay of ordering and disordering impulses. Miller's unique and engaging readings of ancient Iceland's sagas and extensive legal code reconstruct a
nd illuminate the society that produced them. People in the saga world negotiated a maze of violent possibility, with strategies that frequently put life and limb in the balance. But there was a paradox in striking the balance--one could not get even without going one better. Miller shows how blood vengeance, law, and peacemaking were inextricably bound together in the feuding process. This book offers fascinating insights into the politics of a stateless society, its methods of social control, and the role that a uniquely sophisticated and self-conscious law played in the construction of Icelandic society. ''Illuminating.''--Rory McTurk,Times Literary Supplement ''An impressive achievement in ethnohistory; it is an amalgam of historical research with legal and anthropological interpretation. What is more, and rarer, is that it is a pleasure to read due to the inclusion of narrative case material from the sagas themselves.''--Dan Bauer,Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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Summary: Dubbed by theNew York Timesas ''one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county,'' William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers.Bloodtaking and Peacemakingdelves beneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse world to discover a complex interplay of ordering and disordering impulses. Miller's unique and engaging readings of ancient Iceland's sagas and extensive legal code reconstruct and illuminate the society that produced them. People in the saga world negotiated a maze of violent possibility, with strategies that frequently put life and limb in the balance. But there was a paradox in striking the balance--one could not get even without going one better. Miller shows how blood vengeance, law, and peacemaking were inextricably bound together in the feuding process. This book offers fascinating insights into the politics of a stateless society, its methods of social control, and the role that a uniquely sophisticated and self-conscious law played in the construction of Icelandic society. ''Illuminating.''--Rory McTurk,Times Literary Supplement ''An impressive achievement in ethnohistory; it is an amalgam of historical research with legal and anthropological interpretation. What is more, and rarer, is that it is a pleasure to read due to the inclusion of narrative case material from the sagas themselves.''--Dan Bauer,Journal of Interdisciplinary History ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 90
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year Published: 1990
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